DC February 2017 Adult Non Fiction AUS
On Sale Date
153 x 234
S&S UK Adult
A daughter’s search for the truth about her father
Martin Sixsmith, Author
About the Book
From the author of the bestselling
Philomena, Ayesha’s Gift
is the story of a young British woman, born in Pakistan, whose life is thrown into turmoil by the violent murder of her father
INDENT - FIRM SALE.
**FROM THE AUTHOR OF THE BESTSELLING
, MADE INTO THE AWARD-WINNING FILM STARRING STEVEN COOGAN AND JUDI DENCH**
is the true story of a young woman, born in Pakistan, living in Britain, whose life is thrown into desperate turmoil by the violent death of her father. The Pakistani authorities talk of suicide, but why would Ayesha’s happy, gentle father kill himself?
Ayesha’s quest to find the truth takes her away from her safe English existence and into Pakistan, where she is met with threats, violence and smiling perjurers. She is warned that her life is in danger; powerful, ruthless men have reasons to want her silenced. But there are things she needs to know, that compel her to press on with her search for the truth.
Was her father an innocent victim?
Can she continue to revere the image of him she grew up with, that of a good, loving parent? Or will she be forced to accept that her father was not the person she thought he was?
As the two countries she had considered home reveal themselves as foreign and inimical, Ayesha is forced to confront the tormented issues of identity and belonging. When she travels to Pakistan, Martin Sixsmith goes with her. A shared tragedy and an unlikely friendship lead them both to question the things that give meaning to their lives, and ultimately to find solace in the common human values of kindess and respect.
Written at thriller pace
Wonderful . . .
What I find so striking about Ayesha’s Gift is that it’s a book in which the writer is changed by the writing of the book
’ Andrew Marr
Key Selling Points
* Martin’s previous work of non-fiction,
(2009), has sold over 26,000 copies on BookScan, boosted by the Oscar-nominated film with Steve Coogan (playing the author) and Judi Dench
* Philomena film trailer:
has strong parallels, this time a daughter seeks the truth about her father – another gripping expose told with novelistic intrigue
* A story of murder and secrets, corruption and lies, reflecting a generation of British Asian people struggling to come to terms with their conflicted place in the world
* Interwoven in Ayesha’s dramatic story is one that took place unexpectedly in Martin’s own life as he was writing which makes the book unbearably moving
* Film interest already from Stephen Frears who directed
with the possibility of Hanif Kureishi writing the screenplay
Extensive ANZ PR coverage including:
: Good Weekend or Weekend Australian Magazine, and The Listener
: 7.30 or Lateline, Spectrum (The Age, SMH), Radio New Zealand, ABC Local Radio, Radio National Late Night Live
Australian Women's Weekly, New Zealand Women's Weekly, Australian Women's Weekly NZ edition, Next, Mindfood, Good Reading, SMH, The Age, West Australian, Herald Sun, Daily Telegraph, Adelaide Advertiser, Weekend Australian, Huff Post, The Guardian, Hobart Mercury, Saturday Paper, The Monthyly, Who, Big Issue, North & South, and many more
: Martin Sixsmith has been pitched to all major 2017 festivals
Martin Sixsmith was educated at Oxford, Harvard and the Sorbonne. From 1980 to 1997 he worked for the BBC as the Corporation's correspondent in Moscow, Washington, Brussels and Warsaw. From 1997 to 2002 he worked for the government as Director of Communications and Press Secretary. Martin is now a writer, presenter and journalist, living in London. He is the author of two novels, Spin and I Heard Lenin Laugh, and several works of non-fiction, including Philomena, first published in 2009 as The Lost Child of Philomena Lee.
S&S UK Adult
S&S UK Adult